St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office advisory - Judge ups bond on accused identity theft suspect
This morning, St. Lucie County Court Judge Thomas Walsh more than doubled the bond for a Pembroke Pines man arrested on I-95 Tuesday for 96 identity-theft-related charges.
"Jeffrey Alexander Martin, 27, of Pembroke Pines, now faces total bond of $965,750," St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara said following Martin's bond hearing this morning. "When he was taken to jail, bond was set at $372,000 using pre-determined formulas from a bond schedule approved by the judiciary. At a bond hearing following arrest, the judge can adjust the bond. In this case, he did so, which confirms the seriousness of these charges."
Deputies saw Martin driving a white Dodge Avenger in the northbound lanes of I-95 too close to a box truck and travelling too fast for conditions, and swerving into the middle lane, forcing another motorist out of his lane.
When they stopped Martin, they could smell the odor of marijuana coming from his car. He told deputies he was on his way to his grandmother's funeral in Orlando, though he was not wearing appropriate clothing for a funeral. Martin handed deputies a bag containing less than 20 grams of marijuana. Martin made no further statements until he could speak to an attorney.
Deputies conducted an inventory search of Martin's car and found 48 gift cards. Deputies used a card scanner to determine that the credit card numbers and associated names matching the numbers. These did not match Martin's name or credit card numbers.
Deputies will meet with federal authorities to continue their investigation.
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